NSA Ohio Learning Lab
Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D.
How to Accommodate People with Disabilities in Your Audiences
- Are you aware of all the things you can and should be doing in your speaking business to accommodate attendees with disabilities?
- Are you aware of additional precautions to take while doing virtual presentations?
- What would you say to a meeting professional who hires you and asks what you will do to accommodate people who are blind, have low vision, deaf, or hard of hearing that will be in attendance at your virtual and/or in-person presentation?
- What can you do to validate that your handout and slides are accessible for people with disabilities?
- When you are hosting your virtual presentations what can you do to make them more accessible for people with disabilities?
It is a legal, social, and professional responsibility to adapt your presentation to accommodate attendees with disabilities. In this presentation, you will identify the problems and challenges that people with disabilities experience. You will take away solutions and communication strategies to accommodate people with disabilities at virtual and in-person presentations. Speakers will be able to implement technologies to enable people who are deaf, blind, or have learning disabilities to fully participate. Know what you can do before your presentation to assist the planning committee to obtain supportive materials and technology for the participants with disabilities.
Rossetti and her husband, Mark Leder, are on a personal mission to influence those associated with the housing industry, government policymakers, and the public at large to address and meet the needs of housing for an exponentially growing aging population. Their goal is to provide accessibility for those who wish to stay in their homes for as long as possible, and accommodate multigenerational family and caregiving needs.
Rosemarie and her husband know what works from experience. They built a national demonstration home and garden in Columbus, Ohio, the Universal Design Living Laboratory www.UDLL.com. The highest rated universal design home in North America, it earned three Universal Design national certifications. In addition, the home was awarded two green building certifications: Silver LEED from the U.S. Green Building Council and Gold level on the National Green Building Standard program.
Rossetti is an inspiring entrepreneur who is rethinking design and building by spearheading discussions and experiments around re-imagined living spaces. Her presentations and continuing education classes for professionals and consumers help people integrate universal design, accessible design, and green building features into their home and garden projects.